BS5837 Standard Tree Preservation Orders
Our Root and Tree Fencing Protection Solutions on Construction Projects
ICF Scaffolding has specialised for years in tree protection services for domestic, commercial and industrial customers. It’s often the case that the preservation of nearby trees is forgotten about when project managers are devising development plans, which can lead to damage that can’t be repaired. However, you should be aware that that BS8537 sets out standards and guidance on the protection and preservation of trees and that these should be followed during development projects. We can assist you with all your needs in that respect.
Tree Protection is required if your building, renovation or underground work (eg, drains, soak aways) is undertaken close to existing trees and bushes. This stops both trees and roots from being damaged. We calculate the right protection zone and deliver a tree preservation service that secures the scaffolding framework into the ground for support rather than laying out steel plates and back weights to support the fencing.
The first stage involves the erecting of the scaffold framework with a raking tube and 1.5 metres of tube sunk into the ground to keep the structure stable. This is in line with British standard Tree Preservation Order guidelines. From there, we secure a steel mesh panel (usually a Heras fence panel or similar) to the scaffolding with steel lashings or heavy duty zip ties. This is now an established approach in tree protection fencing and forms part of the planning approval process if any trees or hedge lines need to be protected from moving machinery or construction work.
If trees and their associated protective orders are complicating your plans, we can provide expert advice on how to protect them and allow you to get on with your project.
In terms of the British BS 5837 standards, there are basically two ways of securing the protective fencing around trees and making sure that it remains stable. These are the in ground systems as described above and the weighted systems. We generally use the first method because it’s just as effective but uses fewer materials and is therefore most cost effective for our customers.
However, there are occasions when the weighted system is in order – for example, when the tree protection needs to run across tarmac or concrete. Obviously, no amount of effort will run a long tube through ground like that! When we use the weighted system, we replace scaffolding tubes with flat steel plates that are loaded with up to 56lb of weights. We use a raking tube secured to the plate and up to the Heras panel, incorporating a back stay for support. The back stay system can also be used over delicate flower displays or around expensive shrubbery to avoid tubes being driven into the flower bed area.
Tree protection is essential on all sizes of projects. For example, homeowners will want to protect the trees and shrubs in their gardens during construction of a new extension or garage. If your project requires planning permission, you are duty bound to comply with tree protection regulations and your local tree officer will want to know how you intend to preserve the trees in your area. We can help by devising a solution that you can include in your plans and then install the scaffolding quickly before the building work starts.
Commercial projects operate on a different scale entirely. These can sometimes involve measures that require hundreds of metres of tree protection if the development is large, such as new housing estates or offices. On industrial sites, we act as suppliers of tree protection solutions on adjacent land when car parks or supermarkets are being constructed. The last thing you want is to discover that you have breached a Tree Preservation Orders and fallen foul of local authority regulations.
We also provide methods statements and easily visible tree protection signs to ensure that workers don’t compromise the safety of the nearby trees and shrubs. However large or complex your requirements are, we have the expertise to provide an effective service.
We believe that our tree protection solutions are better and more efficient than those of our competitors. We operate across London and surrounding counties, such as Wiltshire, Dorset, Kent and Berkshire. We don’t only cover large towns and cities like Dorchester, Canterbury and Reading; we also deliver our services in smaller towns and rural areas.
If you’re worried about causing damage to your trees or complying with regulations, please give us a call. One of our experienced team will be happy to talk through our Tree Protection services and provide you with a very competitive quote.